Wayne State Club Wrestling Concludes Season During Nationals In Texas

Wayne State Club Wrestling Concludes Season During Nationals In Texas
Courtesy photo of Gerald Kenkel. Team Photo

ALLEN, TX – Earlier this month Wayne State College wrestlers on the club team punched their ticket back to the state of Texas and over the weekend those five wrestlers took on some of the best in major universities and programs with scholarships.

Highlighting the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Division I National Tournament was junior Hunter Weiss (149) of Beatrice. Weiss placed in the top 12 but was one match short of All-American standing after going 4-2 and wrestling in a tough three-day, 40+ bracket. Hunter went 23-17 on the season.

As a team, WSC finished 16th during the National Tournament held in Allen, Texas from March 14-16.

Courtesy photo of Gerald Kenkel. Wrestlers in a crowd.

Junior Gerald Kenkel (174) from Ogallala went 2-2 making it to the round of 16 before being eliminated while fellow junior Ethan Fitzler (157) of Papillion went 1-2 with his two defeats to a pair of All-Americans. Senior Matthew Reeves of Battle Creek (141) and freshman Julio Sanchez (197) of Wakefield also saw mat time in the national tournament.

WSC had three Academic All Americans in Hunter Weiss, Ethan Fitzler and Matthew Reeves earning a 3.25 GPA and qualified for nationals.

Coaches Devon Rupp and Greg Vander Weil were extremely proud of the team’s success and hard work.

Members of the team would to thank Len Dickinson and Jule Goeller of Sand Creek Post and Beam; Bill Reeg of Arnies Ford along with other community sponsors who help fund the Wildcat Wrestling team. WSC Student Senate also shows excellent support as well.

The Wildcat club wrestling team will be celebrating their season on Sunday, April 14 at noon in the Frey Conference Suite of the WSC Student Center. Staff and wrestlers would like to invite all WSC wrestling alumni along with friends and family. Anyone interested must RSVP to coach Vander Weil at grvande1@wsc.edu or call 402-375-7283.